The research was conducted by the experts of the Chair of Personality Psychology of YSU Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology. The meeting was headed “Value orientations and social welfare: socio-psychological barriers and opportunities”.
“Today Armenia seems like a “mosaic” reality, where it is difficult to comprehend or understand the distinct identity of the society. It is much talked about, different characterizations are available, mutually exclusive discourses about the country are spoken about - from strongly nationalist to constructivist. The way of working and thinking, in other words, culture has its retroactive impact on the economic and political processes,” - said Head of Chair of Psychology of Personality Narine Khachatryan.
The research was carried out in nearly 2 years; surveys were conducted in 4 regions (Shirak, Vayots Dzor and Syunik region) and Yerevan.
While experts agree this study could not include the whole spectrum of social issues, however, it was aimed at understanding how the social-psychosocial characteristics of an individual is shaped in modern Armenia’s economic and political reality.
The research results were summarized in the book “Culture, values, beliefs: guidelines for behavior in changing society”, the presentation of which was also held today.
According to the research, especially among youth and women living in cities positive dynamics is observed regarding achieving success. At the same time values contributing to the formation of active citizenship are still not expressed.
As for social realities the ambiguity and rules of uncertainty are obvious, distrust of social institutions and groups. In the conditions of uncertainty and mistrust safety and security needs start to prevail. There is a clear realization that the current social and cultural conditions can not provide a good life for citizens, but still there is no clear understanding of the changes that should be made.
The presentation was followed by the discussion with the participation of specialists from different fields of social sciences, lecturers, researchers, NGO sector representatives and others.